Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
" reporting from washington. just hours ago, the stage is set in denver for the first television debate between barack obama and mitt romney. >> it is not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties. this is a choice between two different halves for this country. >> this is an affinity for us to describe the path way forward for america. the american people will have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> how will both candidates win over the millions watching? we take a lesson from history books. our other top stories, turkey strikes back after a sheriff in -- after a syrian mashel kills five people on the turkish side of the border. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. one stage, at two men coming tens of millions of viewers. barack obama and mitt romney are getting set to square off for a televised debate. -- one stage, two men, tens of millions of viewers. for the first time, we might finally hear details on just how they plan to do it. our north american added there is in denver for us tonight. >> when the candidate
Oct 5, 2012 3:00pm PDT
caskill are online. plus, get gwen's take on how romney's post-debate rebound might play out in the missouri senate race. that's in her weekly blog post on our politics page. >> woodruff: and that brings us to the analysis of shields and brooks-- syndicated columnist mark shields and "new york times columnist david brooks. gentlemen, good to have you with us. let's talk about the jobs report, what about that missouri senate raitt. >> it's ri remarkable race. >> hes have broken ranks and endorsed congressman akin and do-- whom claire mccaskill defeated in 2006. so republicans had expected to do a lot better, judy, this year than they are doing right now according to most estimates. the seats that they took for granted, dick lugar's in indiana, richard murdoch, the two party candidate is now behind centrist democrat joe donnelly, in maine where olympia snowee is going to walk to re-election, that the republicans are trailing badly es against an guess king. so all of a sudden republicans are looking, well, maybe we have to figure out a way to help congressman akin even though we don't want to get clos
Oct 5, 2012 7:30pm PDT
the portrait of the debate. >> sort of seemed like mitt romney cornered the market on red bulls there and the president hadn't had enough and that he wasn't doing what he often does best, which is sort of connect with people in some semi-clint semi-clintonian way. is there an opportunity for him? >> he has to the next time. he left a stuff on the table. didn't mention the 47%. he didn't talk about women's issues. he didn't push back on romney on a lot of the stuff that he was pounding him on. the president didn't call him out on stuff. it was a lot of the part seasons, obama supporters are very disappointed in his performance. and he's going to have some ground to come up. it put romney back in play. >> let me ask you this. what was the feeling like in the room? we saw what was going on on the stage, but you really didn't get a sense of what was -- was there a palpable feebling in the room that things were going well or not well? what was that like? >> the dirty little secret of covering a presidential debate is that you are not in the room. reporters are not in the room. we're
Oct 7, 2012 5:00pm PDT
's called amnesty. romney doesn't support it, not yet. we'll see in all the debates, but we'll see if he changes or not his position. but the conversation changed because with george w. bush, he was for immigration reform with a path to citizenship. immediately after that we got the rejection that would have given two million students the possibility of staying. then it was replicated in alabama and georgia. so instead of discussing the possibility of what to do with 11 million undocumented immigrants, here we have incredibly tough laws on immigrations and the approach changed completely. nowadays we're discussing only dream map probably or defer action by president barack obama when the conversation should have been much, much wider. >> i remember ronald regan was quite positive about immigration. he was quite pro hispanic. he gave amnesty the 3 million. >> yes. republicans were doing great. as you know, reagan used to say that latinos are republicans, they just don't know it. >> well, he did say that. he did say you have common values in regard to the family, to religion. >> abortion.